Written Answers - Defence Forces Budget.

Tuesday, 21 February 1995

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 449 No. 4

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  236.  Mr. Bell  Information on Michael Bell  Zoom on Michael Bell   asked the Minister for Defence  Information on Hugh Coveney  Zoom on Hugh Coveney   the nature and extent of the eight million pound increase for buildings in the capital budget of the Defence Forces for 1995; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3940/95]

[1032]Minister for Defence (Mr. Coveney): Information on Hugh Coveney  Zoom on Hugh Coveney  A total of £13.5 million has been provided under Subhead V of the Defence Estimates 1995 for building and engineering works. This represents an increase of £8.15 million on the 1994 outturn of £5.35 million and will be expended on capital projects (£9.5 million) and maintenance projects (£4 million) throughout the Defence Forces. These include building, engineering, painting, tarmacadam, maintenance and repair works and the purchase of stores and materials for the Corps of Engineers.

  237.  Mr. Bell  Information on Michael Bell  Zoom on Michael Bell   asked the Minister for Defence  Information on Hugh Coveney  Zoom on Hugh Coveney   the nature and extent of the 8 per cent increase for the Reserve Defence Forces in the capital budget of the Defence Forces non capital for 1995; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3941/95]

Minister for Defence (Mr. Coveney): Information on Hugh Coveney  Zoom on Hugh Coveney  The increased allocation in respect of the Reserve Defence Force in Subhead D of the Defence Estimate 1995 provides for a 30 per cent increase in the rate of gratuities payable to reservists, who attend at annual training in 1995. The allocation also provides for increases in rates of pay and allowances in accordance with the Programme for Competitiveness and Work.

It is intended that the level of gratuities will be increased further in 1996 to provide an overall increase of 60 per cent in the rate of gratuities payable.


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